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Belief key for Ade

Posted on 22 November 2011  - 12:00

Emmanuel Adebayor said staying positive was key to making the vital breakthrough against Villa in our 2-0 win on Monday night.

Emmanuel Adebayor said staying positive was key to making the vital breakthrough against Villa in our 2-0 win on Monday night.

The striker missed a golden chance to open the scoring when he glanced a header wide from close range in the 11th minute.

But he was back where it matters a few minutes later to open the scoring with a spectacular overhead kick - an important goal with Villa happy to sit deep and try to hit us on the counter-attack.

‘Manu’ tapped in for a simple second goal after 40 minutes to double the lead and was on a mission to grab a hat-trick in the second half, only to miss a one-on-one, curl inches wide and then be denied from close range by Shay Given.

“I didn’t take the chance with the header but as a striker, you have to tell yourself that the next chance will go in and that’s what happened,” said a delighted Emmanuel afterwards.

“I’m very happy to score the two goals, I could have scored more. As a striker, it’s always important to score, but it’s always most important for the team to win.

“The second goal was one of the easiest goals I’ve ever scored. But I’m happy, because it means I’m there at the right time.

“As long as the ball hits the back of the net, I’m delighted and I’m even more delighted we got the three points, we controlled the game, we’re happy, the fans are happy and we’re looking ahead to Saturday.”